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Weights for Garcia-Lipinets, Barthelemy-Relikh Doubleheader

By Keith Idec

There wasn’t a significant size difference between Sergey Lipinets and Mikey Garcia as they stood face-to-face Friday afternoon in San Antonio.

Moments earlier, both boxers made weight for their 12-round fight for Lipinets’ IBF junior welterweight title Saturday night at Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio.

Lipinets officially weighed 139¾ pounds, just below the division’s limit of 140 pounds. The heavily favored Garcia got on the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation’s scale at 139½ pounds.

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Garcia, 30, will attempt to become a world champion in a fourth weight class against Lipinets. The Oxnard, California, native is listed as between a 15-1 and 20-1 favorite over the undefeated Lipinets, who’ll make his first defense of the IBF 140-pound championship.

Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs), a former featherweight and super featherweight champion, still owns the WBC lightweight title and could move back down to the 135-pound division after challenging Lipinets. In his last fight, Garcia convincingly defeated former four-division champion Adrien Broner (33-3, 24 KOs, 1 NC) in a 12-round, 140-pound fight July 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Lipinets, 28, won the then-vacant IBF junior welterweight title by out-pointing tough Japanese contender Akihiro Kondo on November 4 at Barclays Center. The newly crowned champion went the distance for just the third time in his career in that bout, but Kondo (29-7-1, 16 KOs) has never been knocked out.

Showtime will air Garcia-Lipinets as the main event of a doubleheader scheduled to start at 10:15 p.m. ET.

Rances Barthelemy and Kyril Relikh, who’ll square off in the opening fight Saturday night, also made weight Friday for their 12-round, 140-pound rematch.

The Cuban-born Barthelemy, 31, officially weighed in at 139½ pounds for a bout that’ll be contested for the vacant WBA super lightweight title. Belarus’ Relikh, 28, stepped on the Texas commission’s scale at 140 pounds.

Relikh (21-2, 19 KOs) will attempt to avenge a 12-round, unanimous-decision loss to Barthelemy (26-0, 13 KOs, 1 NC) on May 20 in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Barthelemy came back from getting hurt by Relikh’s left hook in the fifth round, when referee Kenny Chevalier counted a knockdown against Barthelemy because the ropes helped hold him up. Relikh took a knee late in the eighth round once Barthelemy blasted him with a right to his midsection.

Las Vegas’ Barthelemy also hurt Relikh with back-to-back left hands to his body during the 11th round. Barthelemy won that WBA elimination match by bigger margins than the action suggested (117-109, 116-110, 115-111), which led the WBA to call for an immediate rematch.

Barthelemy and Relikh will fight for a title Terence Crawford gave up when he moved up to the welterweight division last year.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by landotter on 03-09-2018

Tough to find a way to reason out a Garcia loss unless he really brings no power with him to 140. He is quicker, has better reflexes, and is a natural athlete. Lipinets is a fine boxer, but I can't…

Comment by Corelone on 03-09-2018

Lips is a tough guy and this won't be a walk in the park for Mikey. That Kondo was roided and made Lips look bad, hit lips with his Sunday punch and hurt his hands. Mikey better come heavy, Lips…

Comment by thack on 03-09-2018

Garcia and Crawford are the guys and what a fight that will be down the line. Garcia will win this by stoppage

Comment by Pakutu93 on 03-09-2018

Watch yo azz Mickey!! U are next fighting once a year and all that shiat!! They watching u!! Stay clean bro!!!

Comment by chubuk7 on 03-09-2018

[QUOTE=Andre_parker1;18558506]hope he has his nets bcuz garcia is gonna have him sleepinets[/QUOTE] Well, you should not make plans that depend on something good happening before you know that it has actually happened. JMHO.

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